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The Pointer Sisters - 100% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Funk Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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These four sisters, Anita (23 January 1948), Bonnie (b. 11 July 1951), Ruth (b. 19 March 1946) and June (b. 30 November 1953, East Oakland California, USA, d. 11 April 2006, Santa Monica, California, USA), were all born and raised in East Oakland, California, USA, and first sang together in the West Oakland Church of God where their parents were ministers. Despite their fami Read more

Dan Hartman - 77% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Disco Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 November 1951, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 22 March 1994, Westport, Connecticut, USA. Hartman’s multi-instrumental talents and light tenor were first heard by North America at large when he served bands led, together and separately, by Johnny Winter and Edgar Winter. Employment by the latter from 1973-77 brought the greatest commercial rewards - principally via Read more

Paul Young - 73% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Paul Anthony Young, 17 January 1956, Luton, Bedfordshire, England. Prior to his major success as a solo artist, Young was a former member of Streetband, who made the UK charts in 1978 with the novelty record ‘Toast’. He was then part of the much-loved Q-Tips, a band that did much to preserve an interest in 60s soul and R&B. As the Q-Tips collapsed from exhausti Read more

Lionel Richie - 69% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 June 1949, Tuskegee, Alabama, USA. Richie grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute, where he formed a succession of R&B groups in the mid-60s. In 1968, he became the lead singer and saxophonist with the Commodores. They signed to Atlantic Records in 1968 for a one-record contract, before moving to Motown Records, being schooled as support act to the Jackson Five. T Read more

Bananarama - 66% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in London, England in 1980, this all-female pop trio originally comprised Keren Woodward (2 April 1961, Bristol, England), Sarah Dallin (b. 17 December 1961, Bristol, England) and Siobhan Fahey (b. Siobhan Marie Fahey, 10 September 1958, Dublin, Eire). After singing impromptu at various parties and pubs in London, the trio was recorded by former Sex Pistols drummer Pa Read more

Terence Trent D'Arby - 65% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 March 1962, Manhattan, New York, USA. A soulful pop singer, D’Arby first became involved with the music business while posted as a soldier in Germany where he joined a local funk band, Touch, in 1983 (Early Works, a collection of his contributions to Touch, was released in 1989). Following his move to London he recorded a demo tape which was impressive enough for CBS Read more

Starship - 63% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s
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Jermaine Jackson - 59% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Electronic & Ambient R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Jermaine LaJuane Jackson, 11 December 1954, Gary, Indiana, USA. Jermaine was one of five brothers who formed the Jackson Five in 1962. Besides playing bass, he acted as vocal counterpoint to his younger brother Michael Jackson, a musical relationship that continued after the group was signed to Motown Records in 1968. Jermaine contributed occasional lead vocals to their albu Read more

Deniece Williams - 58% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Deniece Chandler, 3 June 1951, Gary, Indiana, USA. Williams is a gospel/soul singer whose successes span the 70s and 80s. As a child she sang in a gospel choir and made her first recordings in the late 60s for the Chicago-based Toddlin’ Town label. After training as a nurse, she was hired by Stevie Wonder to join his Wonderlove vocal backing group. She contributed to fo Read more

Taylor Dayne - 58% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Dance Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lesley Wonderman, 7 March 1962, Baldwin, Nassau County, New York, USA. Dayne rose from obscurity to the top of the US pop charts in the late 80s and early 90s. Dayne listened to rock and soul music as a child and made her onstage singing debut at the age of six. In high school she took singing lessons and after graduating joined the rock band Felony followed by a new wave ba Read more

Rick Astley - 55% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Richard Paul Astley, 6 February 1966, Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England. Astley was the drummer in a local band called Give Way, before joining soul outfit FBI in 1984 as lead vocalist. He was discovered by the successful producer/writer Pete Waterman in 1985 and worked at Waterman’s PWL studios while waiting for a recording break. In 1987 he recorded a duet, ‘ Read more

Alexander O'Neal - 53% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 November 1953, Natchez, Mississippi, USA. O’Neal was one of the best-known soul crooners of the late 80s. In 1978, he joined Flyte Tyme with future producers Jimmy Jam And Terry Lewis. The group (as Time) became the backing band for Prince, although O’Neal was soon dismissed for insubordination. During the early 80s, he began a solo career as a vocalist, making Read more

Belinda Carlisle - 53% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Belinda Kerzcheski, 17 August 1958, Hollywood, California, USA. When the Go-Go’s broke up in 1985, Carlisle remained with the I.R.S. Records label and pursued a solo career. After the excesses of her former band, Carlisle underwent a period of physical recuperation and image remodelling - emerging as the quintessential modern young Californian female. With artistic assi Read more

Mel & Kim - 53% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s
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One of Stock, Aitken And Waterman’s acts, Mel (Melanie Susan Appleby, 11 July 1966, London, England, d. 19 January 1990) and sister Kim (b. Kim Appleby, 28 August 1961, London, England) were two East End, London girls with a neat line in pop dance routines. They both started their careers as models - a fact which would come back to haunt them when topless pictures of Me Read more

Milli Vanilli - 53% match to Billy Ocean

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This infamous pop duo comprised Rob Pilatus (8 June 1965, New York, USA, d. 3 April 1998, Frankfurt, Germany) who was brought up in an orphanage, and Fabrice Morvan (b. 14 May 1966), who was training to be a trampoline athlete until a fall damaged his neck. Based in Germany, they worked as dancers for various German groups, before forming their own duo combining rap and soul Read more


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